“When your life is on course with it’s purpose, you are your most powerful.” – Oprah Winfrey
Living an optimum life, comes from what drives us from within. Finding our purpose or the fire that drives us, is imperative for us to be great leaders.
To some of us, our purpose is readily known. For example, if we are passionate about food and cooking we could easily become chefs and restauranteurs. Others who are readers and writers, may have become authors or journalists. Those of us who are musically inclined or sports oriented may have also found their calling. Each child or person has glimpses of who we are and what our passion is, if we are observant and aware. Yet, as young adults, we sometimes forget or simply ignore our passions and look for external pressures to find our dreams. A few examples are, choosing careers that are financially lucrative, or that which will give us a status in society. Using this approach we may lose being in touch with ourselves and head into directions that move us away from our purpose.
Here are a few markers that will indicate if you are off course from your purpose.
You seem depleted and tired, with little or no energy all the time. You struggle to get up every morning. You wait for the weekends and have the Monday morning blues every week.
You are miserable doing what you do. You tell yourself you are doing it for the money, or to support your family, only until…. a better situation arises.
You lack direction and may also believe life has no purpose. You are not in touch with yourself and have no idea what it is you want to be doing in life. You’ve stopped dreaming and there’s little that excites you.
On the other hand, you could be someone who has big dreams, who knows their purpose and is waiting for the right time, but has trouble making the decision to take action.
“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” – Rumi
Here’s what to do to change that and find your purpose and work towards it-
Meditate every morning or just before going to bed. Centre yourself and get in touch within. Spending time in silence is the key to listening to your inner voice.
Journal every day. Write your thoughts, your fears, what excites you, your passions, what comes easy to you. Look for consistent patterns. Explore things that make you unhappy, or things you don’t enjoy doing. Get to know the real you!
Get a coach to help you find your purpose. A coach will help bring you perspective and figure out what your purpose is.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
Once you get to know yourself and identify your passions, visualize yourself doing these jobs, write down several goals of what your ideal life would look like in all areas, career, financial, environmental as in where you will live, what you want in terms of relationships, health & fitness, fun & social interactions.
Choose what appeals to you the most. Pitch one idea against the other to find what really appeals to you in all these areas.
Once you have deciphered what is important to you, stick with them. Create affirmations, visualise them and then start taking small steps towards your goal. “Align your goals with your life purpose and passions.” says Jack Canfield.
“Your purpose explains what you are doing with your life. Your vision explains how you are living your purpose. Your goals enable you to realise your vision.” – Bob Proctor.